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PHOTOS: Trumpeter swans return to Green Lake for the winter

Dozens of trumpeter swans seek refuge from harsh winter elements in a small patch of open water along the shore of Green Lake where the Middle Fork Crow River flows in.

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A trumpeter swan flaps its wings to clear them from water droplets and ice as temperatures hover below zero on Green Lake near Spicer on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022.
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SPICER — With extreme cold now commonplace in west central Minnesota, open water has become a high-value commodity for birds seeking shelter for the long winter months. A few dozen trumpeter swans have found a nice home; they dominate the waters of the Middle Fork Crow River where it flows into Green Lake near Olde Mill Inn.

Since the waters stay open due to a constant water current, the swans hang out around the open water and rest on the ice surrounding it. A plowed parking area near the location is kept open for visitors to come and watch as long as the birds remain this winter.

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Dozens of trumpeter swans swim around and hang out on an ice sheet where the Middle Fork Crow River flows into Green Lake near Spicer on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022.
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Trumpeter swans hunker down to stay as warm as possible as temperatures dip as low as -40 with wind chill early in the morning of Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022. The swans winter where the Middle Fork Crow River runs into Green Lake, as it is one of few open patches of water in the area.
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A trumpeter swan stretches its wings as it climbs onto an ice sheet from the waters of Green Lake near Spicer on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022.
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First light basks on a small patch of open water where Middle Fork Crow River flows into Green Lake near Spicer early in the morning on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022.
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A trumpeter swan clears water from its feathers as freezing temperatures inundate Kandiyohi County and Green Lake near Spicer on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022.
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Trumpeter swans hunker down for a long winter along Green Lake near Spicer on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022.
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A pair of trumpeter swans swim around in a small patch of open water in Green Lake on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022.
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